Mike McCarthy Update

Strongsville OL/DL Mike McCarthy brought his recruitment to an end over the summer after making his verbal commitment to the Naval Academy. Since then, the 6-3, 270 pound big man has been hearing from several other programs. GoMids.com caught up with the big guy to see if anything has changed on the recruiting front. Is McCarthy is still firm with his commitment? Look inside to find out more.

"It's definitely still strong," McCarthy said of his commitment to Navy. "It's real solid," he added.

McCarthy made his decision to Navy without taking an official visit. Quite frankly, he doesn't intend on taking one. Sometimes people just know where they belong…"I don't think I'll be taking an official visit with them," Mike said. "Besides, I think they (Navy) want to use their officials on the people that they are not really sure about. I really don't need to take one. I was pretty much sold on them after attending Summer Seminar."

Making an early pledge allowed McCarthy to focus more on his senior season. Despite having a couple of minor injuries, McCarthy still managed to close out his senior year on a strong note. "I did well in the games that I did get to play in," McCarthy said. "I injured my ankle. I tore some ligaments, but then I came back from my injury and had the highest (blocking) ratings towards the end of the year. I led the team in pancake blocks. I ended up doing pretty well this season."

Because of Mike McCarthy's versatility and athleticism for his 6-3, 270 pound frame, he could easily end up on either side of the ball for the Midshipmen. However, the big man makes no bones about it whatsoever…"They (Navy) said that I'll more than likely play on the O-line," he stated. "But, I would not be surprise if I had to go both ways. That is actually something that they've been considering. I'm definitely flexible with whatever they want me to do. I'm totally fine with it."

Special teams and slot backs coach, Jeff Monken, has been in charge of keeping tabs on McCarthy throughout the process. The two of them have established a very good rapport with one another. "Our relationship is really good," McCarthy said. "We keep in touch quite a bit. We often touch bases to see how things have been going, stuff like that…"

Academically speaking, Mike is holding down a 3.6 GPA in the classroom. He scored a 27 on the ACT, and a 1600 on the SAT. He plans to study Engineering at the academy.

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